Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican Party’s Presidential candidate. From the Romney campaign:
By: Tim Pawlenty
Great crises often produce great leaders. Unfortunately, sometimes the timing isn’t right, and neither is the leader.
Barack Obama came into office in the midst of a great economic crisis. Although hopes were high, he did not rise to the occasion. Now that the clouds of enthusiasm and excitement have parted, we see he was obviously unsuited for the task at hand.
President Obama has failed to meet America’s economic challenges.
His three years of spending, regulating and taxing have not restarted the economy. Unemployment remains at a shocking 9.1 percent. Economic growth is hovering on the edge of a renewed recession.
Abroad, the standing of the United States appears uncertain and adrift under the failed leadership of a president who prefers chastising allies to condemning foes.
Fortunately, America may get a second chance: Mitt Romney is running for president, and I am proud to endorse him.
After coming in third in the Ames straw poll last month, Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race. Given that Pawlenty didn’t have much support, hence why he dropped out of the race, his endorsement isn’t likely to swing many votes to Romney.
Pawlenty’s endorsement though does help reinforce the narrative that Romney isthe candidate of moderate Republicans. With Pawlenty backing Romney, Newt Gingrich imploding, Jon Huntsman completely failing to get any traction, and no new moderate-leaning candidate joining the race, Romney now has a pretty firm grip on the center-right ground in the GOP primary.